Great intro collection for the works of TC Orton

Year One Collection: 2016Year One Collection: 2016 by T.C. Orton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

Great introduction to the work of TC Orton for those who might not have come across him before.

There’s a mix of excellent paranormal which focuses on various themes including the usual tropes of vampires, shifters, magic and the supernatural.

ETA 12/9/17: Half my review seems to have gone missing so here’s the rest!

Seeing Red: Scorched is the vampire one, featuring a shy, naive Isaac and a whole stack of sexy vampire men. It’s a little bit cheesy but it works perfectly for the setting. Once the guys head out to the coast, things really picked up. However, the 70% plot shift may piss off a lot of readers even if it is cleverly played out.

Omega Moon: Ahh, the shifters, the student/teacher one, the mPreg one. This isn’t quite as polished as the others but it’s still a compelling idea which perhaps just needed tightening up a bit. There’s a correlation between Alec being gay and discovering he’s also a werewolf which doesn’t quite work as well as it should. The mystery element of the story is plotted well though.

Warlock Academy: This is the “Harry Potter” which is perhaps an unfair comparison because it’s not really, other than it’s set in a school for people to learn magic. It switches PoV between the two main characters and each has a unique voice. There’s hot hot hot sex, a villainous bully, great bunch of secondary cast and intriguing world development.

The above three are all set in the same universe with elements of cross over. The final story in the collection is a contemporary College Climax. I believe this one was TC’s debut and you can tell. I didn’t find this one particularly compelling, Lucas is an arse, Sebastian is fairly pathetic, there’s sexual shenanigans which come out of the blue and it has a cliffhanger ending.

Still, taken as a collection, it’s a good way of sounding out the author.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

The delay in reviewing occurred because BT are idiots and locked me out of my email address for almost a month so I couldn’t get into files or my blog site (I needed to reset the password).

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Conflicted with this one

Thanos (Masters Among Monsters Book 3)Thanos by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* I’m not sure whether I wanted to rate this really high or really low because I’m totally conflicted over the ending.

So, in the end, I’ve gone right in the middle and given this 3.5* because I really don’t like the whole ‘turned out to be a dream’ or ‘well actually you don’t remember any of your previous life which might or might not just have been full of mythology’, it always feels such a cop out.

I wanted this story to work with the status quo of these gorgeous Greek mythology vampires staying real and with Paris finding a way to make everything work for them all.

Instead, we get Eton actually dead, them all back in ‘real life’ but an alternative one where the vampires have never been and they’ve all had totally different experiences and I wasn’t happy, sorry.

I’d been so looking forward to Thanos’ story, his was the most intriguing and the most conflicted and instead it got very little interaction between him and Paris at all. I was gutted.

But, overall the world building has been great and I’ve enjoyed the series as a whole so hence the more higher rating.

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Interesting Greek take on vampires

Alasdair (Masters Among Monsters, #1)Alasdair by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The annoying cliff hanger at the end cost this a star, I hate that, but other than that, this is a really interesting take on vampires.

I love Greek mythology, so this is right in my wheelhouse and though it leaves questions all over the place, there’s a great narrative pinning everything together and the UST is delicious throughout.

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Paranormal MF delight from Megan Erickson

Blood Guard (Mission #1)Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First she does shifters, then she does vampires, there is nothing Megan Erickson can’t turn her hand to when it comes to creating great worlds.

I can’t think of the last time I deliberately picked up an MF romance, it was most likely a historical as that’s about the only type – outside of reviewing contemporary chick lit – where I’ll even consider it.

But I was right to trust in Megan to avoid all the tropes which have reduced traditional MF romances down to insipid pathetic heroines incapable of looking after themselves and arrogant alpha male arses for heroes.

Her Athan is an alpha male but he is a considerate, honourable, encouraging and loyal one and Tendra is no mild or meek woman, she’s strong and courageous.

The world building is good, there’s a nice cast of secondary characters and the plot narrative is interesting. The sex scenes were well crafted and I believed the chemistry between them.

This book ties up their individual story arc but leaves things open for book two, which I’m expecting to be Athan’s brother Idris and their enemy’s daughter.

#ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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A cracking good ending to the Mates series

To Touch You (Mates, #4)To Touch You by Cardeno C.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Throughout this one I was suffering along with Yoram until Salvatore finally got his act in gear and accepted his fate was to be with his shifter mate.

It didn’t seem to go on as long as in previous books and there was the same generally low level angst to keep the pace of the plot ticking along nicely.

The first time they came together was seriously hot, virgin sex in combination with a shifter’s overwhelming need to claim, meant for a truly mesmerising encounter.

I liked Sal. I know some reviewers haven’t been as keen but he worked just fine for me as a repressed escapee from poverty who’d learnt to trust only himself.

I loved how, once he’d had the hotel room chat with the gang, he just threw himself into everything. That is, surely, all we’d ever wish for in a partner 🙂

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Stunning paranormal romance opens this new series

Surrender the DarkSurrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stunning, simply stunning. This book is a triumph, it takes a common trope – of vampires and vampire hunters, along with all associated paranormal species – and creates a unique exploration of their world in a strangely familiar, but still mysterious, modern Boston setting.

In both Benjamin and Tzadkiel, Tibby has crafted an enemies to lovers romance which is not only wholly believable, it is one which the reader wants to triumph. The UST in this book is delicious and when it finally bears fruit, the heat factor rockets through the roof.

The world building is brilliantly executed, there’s never an info dump of exposition, instead the setting is allowed to gently reveal itself as you read it. There’s enough mystery left to keep you reading and the touches of “real world” mythology were very clever.

I can’t wait for the second and third books on this series to come out. Gorgeous cover, gorgeous book and an interesting look at how being sightless doesn’t make you blind to life.

#ARC kindly provide by the publishers via NetGalley in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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